ROAST PORK WITH MOJO SAUCE

Crisp, succulent, roast pork with onions in a spicy, fragrant, citrus sauce. Prepare to fall in love with the flavors of this famous Cuban dish. Low-carb, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, Paleo.   I discovered what all the fuss was about the first time I had Mojo Roast Pork in a local place called The Twisted Cafe in Woodenville, WA. The owner based his menu on his mother’s traditional Cuban recipes. After I tasted his mojo pork, I went straight home and starting looking for recipes, partly…

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KUMQUAT CAKE

Kumquats are usually hard to find and expensive, but I found some on sale at a local Asian market at a very good price. I like to use them in recipes that call for citrus zest because it is so much easier—you just pull out the pulp and use the whole, sweet skin as you would orange or lemon zest. (Most citrus fruits have a thin, outer layer of rind called the zest, a thick, inner layer of bitter, white pith, and sweet, juicy flesh.…

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PROSCIUTTO ROSEBUDS; the cutest appetizers ever!

  PROSCIUTTO-WRAPPED STUFFED CANDIED KUMQUATS I’ve always loved bacon-wrapped dates but they are really high in sugar. In fact, dates are sugar (look up “date sugar” if you don’t believe it). When I was making the candied fruit for my Christmas fruitcake, I had an inspiration. Kumquats are like little oranges except that oranges have sweet pulp and bitter peel; kumquats have thin, sweet peel and the pulp is bitter (and seedy). I use them in recipes that call for orange zest because it is easy…

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NO BAKE LEMON MINI TARTS: SUGAR-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE, EGG-FREE

Lemon Tarts by Judy Barnes Baker

Note: This is the new and improved version of this recipe. Some of you reported that you had trouble using it as written. I have tested it multiple times now and decided to put up an easier version. Using a small amount of cashew nut butter is true to the character of the Hail Merry tarts, but any nut butter should work as well. (See Notes below for old filling recipe.) NO BAKE LEMON MINI TARTS (new and improved recipe) I found some cute little…

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LEMON CAKE WITH LEMON GLAZE

LEMON CAKE WITH LEMON GLAZE A reader asked if I had a recipe for a lemon cake. Indeed, I do! This is one of my favorites of the many variations on the rich, moist, basic Yellow Cake from Nourished. All are low-carb, sugar-free, gluten-free, and delicious. ¾ cup (3 ounces or 85 grams) almond flour ¾ cup (3 ounces or 85 grams) coconut flour ¼ cup (2 ounces or 56 grams) granular erythritol, another sweetener with bulk, or a blend 1 teaspoon baking powder A pinch…

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SANGRIA

Red wine has been shown to have a positive effect on health and the high rate of wine consumption in France is often used to explain the seeming paradox that the French have a lower rate of heart disease than we do even though they eat a diet high in animal fats. I think they are healthier because of the butter and duck fat, not in spite of it, but the resveratrol in the wine probably doesn’t hurt. SANGRIA 1 whole lime, sliced and seeded 1/2…

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FRUIT AND NUT TREATS

I’ve been making my own snack foods since cutting out all the likely sources of allergens. Most purchased low-carb snacks and bars contain whey, egg, chocolate, and/or almonds. I found several raw, vegan, and Paleo brands, but most of them use dates and flax to hold everything together. Chunks of Energy, pictured above, are pretty good and the Chia Orange flavor has no flax, but lists dates as the first ingredient and also contains raisins. They have 12 net grams of carbs per ounce (two small squares). I thought I could do better. I kept the…

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SOME OF MY FAVORITE THINGS FROM IFBC

The International Food Bloggers Conference has come and gone and I’m just now getting around to posting my wrap up. Dorie Greenspan, the soft spoken and delightful author of Around My French Table and food blogger extraordinaire, was the keynote speaker. Her message was, “Say yes and follow your dream,” even to the things that terrify you, “always say yes.” We had to make difficult decisions about which of the many wonderful sessions to attend; there were food tastings and lectures and demos on food photography, story telling, cooking, and technical subjects…

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MOROCCAN-STYLE RADISH SALAD

I have a new batch of Preserved Lemons that just reached tangy, salty perfection, and I’m still having fun trying new recipes using them. The latest is below. You can substitute a tablespoon of plain lemon zest if you don’t want to bother preserving the lemons or waiting for them to cure. MOROCCAN RADISH SALAD  Traditional Moroccan-style salads are dense and crunchy and don’t contain leafy greens. Several are often served together in small portions as a first course. Ingredients: 2 cups radishes, trimmed and thinly sliced 2 cups…

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VIDEO #2: THREE EZ LIME DRINKS

EZ LIMEADE Sweetened beverages are said to be the #1 source of calories in the diet of Americans.* Each 12-ounce serving of regular cola contains 10 teaspoons of sugar, usually high-fructose corn syrup. Why so much? Carbonated water tastes bitter and it takes a lot of sugar to counteract it. (Taste a flat Cola to see how sickeningly sweet it is.) Make your own drinks for your family using fresh ingredients and get the sugar and caffeine out. Per serving: 1 cup water 2 tablespoons…

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PRESERVED LEMONS

I’ve been having fun finding things to make with the preserved lemons I made several months ago when Costco had Meyer lemons on sale by the bag. I forgot to take a picture when the jar was full, so I took these yesterday while I still had about half of them. So far I’ve used them to make Leeks with Tomatoes and Olives, Roasted Red Pepper and Preserved Lemon Salad, and Chicken with Preserved Lemon and Rosemary. I’ve written one more recipe that is ready to try that calls for candied preserved lemons. I am totally hooked on…

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